- The next step and a very important one is to gather all your materials in one area. Plan what you are making and make sure you have everything you need at hand. There is nothing worse than having to run and get more wicks when your wax has already melted and is cooling down! It is similar to cooking - we will be following a recipe and should have all our ingredients ready. And remember you should never leave wax on your stove unattended.- I tend to cover my work surface with parchment paper. It keeps my counter tops free of wax and if I spill all I need do is wait for the wax to cool then peel it off and use it again. I've tried wax paper, but I find it too thin and the wax on the paper melts when it comes in contact with hot wax!.
WAX: I often use any leftovers I have to make tarts. The best wax is votive/pillar (4794, 4625, 1274, 1286) but even container wax can be used. (Except for the 4627 one pour as it won't come out of your molds.) You can even use veggie wax - although soy does often crumble when trying to get the tarts out of the mold.- Melt your wax in a double boiler. The type of wax you use can vary. You want it to have a low melting point so that it will turn molten in the tart burner. - In this picture I am using a dutch oven pot as the base. I got this at a dollar store. Don't use your good pots and pans as they tend to get rather messy - sometimes collecting wax which may have dripped down the side of your pot when you put it back in for re-melting.) - Here I am using a melting pot which is capable of holding 4 pounds of wax (I seldom put more than 3 pounds in and often use a smaller pot for pouring when making votives - I find it easier to handle). We sell both the 4lb and the 1lb here.- The reason we melt our wax in a double boiler is so we can control the temperature the wax reaches. Boiling water never can exceed 212F, whereas if you put the melting pot directly on a stove burner, you can reach much higher temperatures and potentially reach your flash points (the point at which your wax could spontaneously combust). Most wax melts between 130F and 180F. An optimal pour temperature for votives is 175-180F.- You will find that the water in your double boiler won't actually boil until the wax is nearly melted. Be careful not to let the larger pot boil dry. And if you have left over water - do not pour it down the sink! Any wax that is left in the pot may clog your drain when it cools. Never pour excess wax down the drain - it may look like liquid now but when it melts your drains will have a thick coating which could be very costly to remove!- Place a metal ring under your melting pot so it is not in direct contact with the base of the larger pot.
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